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Peer Health Educators

Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices 

The Peer Health Educators is a student organization composed of two main groups working to promote healthy lifestyle choices. Members meet weekly for one hour to discuss current issues, to meet with guest speakers, and to plan presentations and events accordingly. Peer Health educators are also given the opportunity to volunteer additional time on special projects throughout the year.  Health Services has developed student learning outcomes for our peer health educators that map to the UMD Assessment Plan.

Sexual Health Educators (SHE)

This group focuses on educating others on comprehensive sexual health. 

The main topics the sexual health educators cover include:

  • Inclusive and sex positive perspectives
  • Relationships
  • Contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Social norms
  • Abstinence
  • Consent
  • Sexual assault prevention, resources and victim services
  • Bystander Intervention


Read about Bystander Intervention and Consent Week at UMD in the Duluth News-Tribune, fall 2018.

Hear our Peer Health Educators talk about Got your Back! UMD on KUMD. Spring 2018.

Read more about what we do in The Bark's special edition, "Sex, Drugs and Alcohol", fall 2018

Recommended resources for sexual health information:

UMD Health Services medical services

Go Ask Alice from Columbia University

Sexplanations, YouTube channel

Alcohol Peer Educators (APE)

APE is geared towards educating their peers on alcohol harm reduction. 

The alcohol peer educators cover these topics:

  • Recognizing and responding to the Signs of Alcohol Overdose
  • Risk Reduction (i.e. metabolism, serving size)
  • Predatory drugs
  • Biphasic response
  • Phases of drinking
  • Bystander intervention
  • Medical amnesty
  • Physiology 
  • Black outs
  • Impact on academics and sleep


We are looking for students who have an interest in learning about sexual health or alcohol issues and sharing that information with other students in a variety of ways, to include classroom presentations, informal discussions in housing units, tabling on campus, creating educational documents and brochures, and volunteering for a number of programming events. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a member of peer health educators (PHE), you may contact one of the PHE advisers.

Dori Decker, adviser to SHE, can be reached at (218) 726-7046 or Lauretta Perry, adviser to APE, can be reached at (218) 726-7058 or


  • Provide health education to other students.
  • Expand leadership and group work experience and skills.
  • Build your resume.
  • Meet people with similar interests.

Request a Presentation

If you are interested in having the Peer Health Educators in your classroom or housing unit, please contact the peer education advisers indicated above.